After 52 years of scrubbing, rubbing and coating my eyelids and lashes with every cosmetic product I could afford, I still don’t have a single wrinkle around my eyes.
You might think, that’s not possible – but, I assure you it is.
To tell the truth, I didn’t think much about it through the years. I just read articles here and there, listened to what a few people had to say along the way and then plotted a course for my own destiny. Looking back now, I see what I did differently than most of my peers and it’s not rocket science. But, I’d like to share the basics of my regimen in hopes that someone else can benefit from it.
Never Use Soap on Your Eyes
When I was around 10 years old, we lived next door to a woman who sold cosmetics from her home. She was quite attractive and always perfectly polished, so when she talked about the do’s and don’ts of anything beauty related, I listened.
At 10 years old, I was excessively curious about make up – although I wasn’t permitted to wear any. I asked endless questions and the one bit of advice my neighbor gave me that always ran through my head was, “Never wash your eyes with soap.” She showed me a couple of products I could use; but, I knew I couldn’t afford to buy that kind of stuff. Nevertheless, I never forgot what she said.
Gently Remove Make Up Every Night
When I finally came of age and began to wear eye make up, I needed to figure out what to cleanse with – since I knew I couldn’t use soap. While visiting my Grandmother one weekend, I noticed a white glass jar on her sink. I asked, “What’s that for, Grandma?” She told me it was cold cream and she used it to take off her make up. I asked, “Is it soap?” When she said it wasn’t, I knew I hit pay dirt – I finally found something I could use to take off my eye make up.
The added bonus of using cold crème was that it was cooling to my eyes at the end of the day. It seemed to soothe and soften them – as long as I didn’t rub or pull too hard with the tissue when I removed the eye shadow and mascara.
The final trick was to remember not to use soap in the shower either. I cleansed with cold cream before my shower and saved the soap for the rest of my body.
Moisturizer Is Not For Your Eyes
I’m a little ashamed to say that I didn’t start using moisturizer until I was about 30. I always drank a lot of water and ate foods that were rich with natural oils and that seemed to be enough. But, when I did begin to feel a little dry, I decided it was time to start using moisturizers.
I’ve experimented with tons of moisturizers over the years and came to the conclusion that plain, water-based types worked best for me. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that you shouldn’t use them near your eyes.
After complaining about my eyes being itchy and burning, a beauty counter attendant introduced me to eye crèmes. That did the trick. I began to use the gentlest formulas I could find – without any acid in the ingredients. Thank God I got that figured out.
I apply a silky smooth layer of eye cream under and over my lids right before I put on my make up each morning. And, since I used cold crème to remove my make up, I didn’t need more eye cream at night.
Well, that’s it – that’s all did and the result is 52 years and not a single wrinkle around my eyes. I kept it simple: no soap, used cold crème to cleanse and a gentle eye crème under make up. It’s not the most fancy or expensive eye regimen ever created, but it sure worked for me.